Welcome to Jazz, Sloan
Author: Carolyn Sloan
Illustrator: Jessica Gibson
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing (2019)
Are you ready to swing? Discover the wonders of jazz — how to get in the groove, what it means to play a solo and the joy of singing along in a call-and-response.
In this interactive swing-along picture book with 12 sound chips, you’ll hear the instruments of jazz — the rhythm section with its banjo, drum and tuba, and the leads, like the clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Along the way you’ll hear singers scat, improvising melodies with nonsense syllables like be-bop and doo-we-ah! Read about how this unique African American art form started in New Orleans and how jazz changed over time as innovative musicians like King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday added their own ideas to it.
Press the buttons to hear the band, the rhythms, and the singer calling out: “OH WHEN THE SAINTS — oh when the saints . . .”
About Carolyn Sloan:
Carolyn Sloan is a music educator at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Finding Your Voice: A Practical and Spiritual Approach to Singing and Living. A songwriter and musician, she has been writing music for theater, television and children for the past 20 years. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.